One Rod Highway to become great 'White Way' in tribute to DPW leader
Updated 6:40 am, Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The panel also finally approved giving a name to the access road at the Fairfield Metro train station, which runs between Kings Highway East and Black Rock Turnpike.
One Rod Highway, home to the Department of Public Works garage, the trash transfer station, the sewage-treatment plant, the animal shelter, the fire training center and GreenCycle, the yard waste recycling center, will be known as "Richard White Way" effective July 1, 2013.
"We don't think there are going to be any objections or obstacles," First Selectman Michael Tetreau said at last week's meeting, but added that officials felt they needed to allow for a period of time to allow for any comments or objections. "We don't know of anything that will hold it up."
"I'm just overjoyed to be able to vote on this," Selectman Kevin Kiley said. "I believe my first meeting with Rich White was in 1993 as a freshman member of the RTM. From that point right through today, everything this man has done has been in the best interest of the town."
He said White put the town "on the cutting edge" in terms of performance by the DPW.
Tetreau said that, with the new name, White's car "will always find his way home." The first selectman said the suggestion to rename the road came from a DPW employee.
"It really means a lot to me," White said. He joked that with 150,000 cars and trucks annually traversing the road, which branches off busy Reef Road, he's thinking maybe he should erect a toll booth.
White, who retired in August, began working at the town's sewage-treatment plant in 1985, and in 1993 became the second public works director in the town's history when he was appointed to replace longtime director Frank Daniels.
The name for the access road at the town's third railroad station takes effect immediately. Tetreau had been pursuing a suggestion that the roadway be named after the late Michael Daly, a Fairfield man awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II. However, Tetreau told the board, "that's not going to work at this time, based on the family's wishes."
Ash Creek Boulevard, reflecting the depot's proximity to the creek that forms part of the town's eastern border, also was among the names that had been suggested for the street. When formally proposed, the name was approved unanimously by the selectmen. "It's a great neighborhood name," Kiley said.
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